Imprisoned Chinese Minority Scholar Given Human Rights Award
Christopher Bodeen, THE JAKARTA POST
A group of leading rights organizations has awarded its annual prize for human rights defenders to imprisoned Chinese Muslim minority economics professor Ilham Tohti. He has “sought reconciliation by bringing to light repressive Chinese policies and Uyghur grievances. This is information the Chinese government has sought to keep behind a veil of silence,” the group said in a statement, using an alternative spelling for Uighur.
Protests in California Over Communist Party’s “Long March” Anniversary Gala
RADIO FREE ASIA
A gala event in California commemorating the two-year “Long March” by the Chinese communist army that ended 80 years ago has sparked an outcry among the Chinese emigre community in the city, residents told RFA on Monday. The Oct. 8 gala event sparked protests outside the venue in San Gabriel, with protesters hitting out at the celebration of a brutal and dictatorial regime. Protesters held up placards that read “Don’t Celebrate Communism” and “Stop Torture” outside the Mission Playhouse, local media reported.
President Barack Obama Blacklists North Korea for Human Trafficking Violations
Elizabeth Shim, UPI
President Barack Obama included North Korea on a list of countries that are suspected of human trafficking violations. The blacklisting of North Korea under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 is mostly symbolic, since the ban would prohibit Washington from providing non-humanitarian, non-trade-related assistance to embargoed countries. The presidential decree was posted to the Federal Register on Monday and follows a July US Treasury decision to name Kim Jong-un a human-rights offender.
Political Prisoners Ask for Truth Commission in Venezuela
Twenty-eight Venezuelans who remain in custody on the premises of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) in Caracas through a letter requested the Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Aristóbulo Istúriz to establish a Truth Commission to assess their cases. The signers termed themselves “political prisoners at the government secret service headquarters,” arguing their petition comes because they must tell their story.
Dissident Vietnamese Blogger Held for Criticizing State
A Vietnamese dissident blogger has been arrested in southern Vietnam for publishing articles and videos critical of the government and ruling Communist Party. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37, who publishes under the name Mother Mushroom, was accused of “spreading propaganda” against Vietnam’s single party communist state, reported the local Tuoi Tre newspaper Tuesday.